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POLL: What if… Napoleon Had Not Invaded Russia?


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unknown member writes:

I think that in fairness to Napoleon, despite his image as a warmonger, he was surrounded by hostile dynasties who did not regard him as a legitimate ruler, sought to restore the Bourbons and otherwise intervene in French affairs, and certainly can be accused of being no less ruthless or despotic than the First Empire. Six of one, half a dozen of another, but history does look favorably on the French Revolution's legacy of advancing the cause of human rights, even if fitfully and inconsistently applied.

Napoleon's problem was that while he was also a good administrator, he was good at war and was energized by it, had an impressive army, and he preferred sharp, decisive action to patience and slow progress, and so became a personification of the old adage "If your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail."


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
Napoleon defeats Wellington in Spain.
16
12%
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other (explain)
1
1%
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Empire of France lasts until Napoleon's death.
33
25%
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He still would have been defeated by coalition allies (Austria, Russia, Prussia, Britain, etc.).
29
22%
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none of these/no opinion
5
4%
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British control of the seas and blockade would have weakened his empire and crushed it eventually.
6
5%
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France and Austria dominate Europe, linked by marriage.
27
20%
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Napoleon would have invaded England instead.
0
0%
 
The 'European Union' would be called the "Empire of France" today.
8
6%
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Then he would have invaded in 1813.
7
5%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

unknown member writes:

What would have happened if Napoleon had decided not to invade Russia in 1812?

Poll set up by unknown member, based on this pre-poll discussion.